Menstrual hygiene in India is gaining prominence

Efforts by the media, sex education in schools and increasing exposure is leading to prominence in menstrual hygiene among women

In an on-going campaign titled, ‘For Every Child’ by UNICEF, the organisation has picked up specific causes and is promoting them. Let’s take the case of the 21-year-old Reema Kumari, the face of menstrual hygiene for the on-going campaign. She is an aspiring singer and instructor on menstrual education. Given that,Kumari has done  a lot […]

Post GST 78 per cent medicines to remain unaffected, affirms NPPA

NPPA’s twitter handle assured that complaints regarding traded drugs will be entertained; this twitter handle will accept and register specific and actionable complaints regarding non availability of any drug for follow up

Contrary to reports that Goods and Service Tax (GST) will make medicines expensive, the National Pharmacists Pricing Authority (NPPA) tweeted on their official handle, Prices of approximately 78 per cent of all actively used and traded drugs in the country are going to remain unaffected post GST. Prices of approximately 78% of all actively used […]

GST council puts bidi in highest tax slab, anti-tobacco crusaders say welcome move

It is estimated that approximately 600,000 patients with cancer are treated annually in the NCG centres, which amounts to 60% of all patients with cancer in India. Bidi alone kills 6 lakh Indians every year

Tobacco is a health hazard in our society, in a positive and progressive step forward the Union government has decided to charge bidi, at 28% under the proposed Good and Services Tax (GST), increasing the tax slab on bidi, which currently attracts 20% tax. Finance Minister Arun Jaitley made this announcement after the GST council […]

Women lawmakers should raise voice for #TaxFreePad 

Speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra the senior IPS officer opines that sanitary napkins should be tax- free, and women law makers should raise this issue

Union government’s decision to tax sanitary napkins 12% under GST has not gone well for the women activist. As the chorus grows for #TaxFreePad Monica Bhardwaj an IPS officer of 2009 batch, AGMUT cadre has come in ahead raising a key question if condoms can be free, sanitary napkins can at least be tax-free. Speaking […]

#TaxFreePad chorus grows on the eve of World Menstruation Hygiene Day

Working women say, when we talk about making sanitary napkins tax free we have to consider its penetration level amongst masses. We need to understand that Sanitary napkins are not luxury items. The government talks about woman empowerment but on the other hand they have taxed sanitary pads. Taxing it under GST is huge step back in women empowerment

World Menstruation Hygiene Day will be observed on Sunday, May 28. In India menstruation hygiene remains one of the most important yet neglected health concerns. This year the day could not be more significant in Indian context because recently 12 per cent tax Good and Service Tax (GST) has been levied on the sanitary napkins […]

Maha CM’s Wife bats for #TaxFreePad, to raise issue with CM Fadnavis

Speaking exclusively to My Medical Mantra, Amruta Fadnavis, wife of Maharashtra Chief Minister Devendra Fadnavis has also demanded complete exemption of sanitary napkins from this tax

  As the central government has levied 12 per cent Goods and Service Tax (GST) on sanitary napkins. In the final meeting of the GST council on June 3, the final tax limits are expected to be decided. The growing demand to exempt sanitary napkins from GST has gained potential, as many social workers and […]

Affordable sanitary pads can reduce reproductive tract infection in women: Doctors

Ahead of menstrual hygiene day (May 28), doctors have urged the government to rethink the decision to tax sanitary pads as affordability is a major factor for many women to avoid usage of sanitary pads

Affordable sanitary pads can reduce the reproductive tract infection rate in women, say doctors. Ahead of Menstrual Hygiene Day (May 28), doctors have urged the government to rethink the decision to tax sanitary pads as affordability is a major factor for many women to avoid usage of sanitary pads. “During menstruation, a woman should ideally […]

Make sanitary napkins tax free Pune’s ‘Periodman’ writes to Arun Jaitley

Menstrual bleeding is not a voluntary act, neither is it a luxury. There are millions of women in the country for whom sanitation pad is still not an affordable commodity. Taxing them under GST will be unfair and discriminatory. Social worker Pravin Nikam who was selected for state youth award and known as ‘Period Man’ who has worked ceaselessly in the field of menstrual hygiene 

Even though the expense associated with menstrual hygiene products is as unavoidable as menstruation itself, the government is planning to make it even more expensive by adding it as a taxed commodity under Goods and Services (GST). To oppose the same, Pune based social worker, Pravin Nikam, has written to Arun Jaitley requesting 100 per […]

Exempt Ayurveda from GST or lower tax rates, demands ayurveda manufactures

The Ayurvedic drug manufacturers association (ADMA) is in process of writing a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley. Raising the concerns about 12% GST levy. Manufactures say, government should either exempt or lower the tax rates on Ayurveda products

Exempt Ayurveda from GST or lower tax rates, demands ayurveda manufacturesThe Union government’s decision to tax Ayurveda products at 12%, under the proposed Goods and Service Tax (GST) has not gone well with the Ayurveda manufactures. Upset with the government’s decision to levy GST on Ayurveda, the Ayurveda Drug Manufactures Association (ADMA), is planning to write a letter to Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to voice […]

GST on Ayurveda products leaves Baba Ramdev fuming

Ayurveda products are currently attracting 5% tax. Patanjali sells toothpaste, shampoo, face wash, soap and numerous other products based on Ayurveda

The Union government’s decision to charge ayurveda products, under the proposed GST tax regime has left Baba Ramdev fuming. Government has levied 12% tax on ayurveda products under the Good and Service Tax (GST). Government claims that there will be less tax burden on Ayurveda products. But taxing Ayurveda products at 12% has made  Baba […]